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Tearing Down Walls

Tearing Down Walls

The history of the Israelites is rife with ups and downs. Following their release from slavery in Egypt, the people of God began their journey toward the promised land. Though it ...

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Why Mary Is Still Called “Virgin”

Why Mary Is Still Called “Virgin”

I had mentioned two posts ago a writing called Protoevangelium of James which was written in the mid-second century. This is the oldest apocryphal infancy gospel in Christian ...

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Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife?

Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife?

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27).” Just before Hurricane Irma arrived to batter Florida ...

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Who Should I Support When Disaster Strikes?

Who Should I Support When Disaster Strikes?

When a disaster occurs, many people wonder what group or organization to support. There are many groups looking for donations and the decision can sometimes be overwhelming. Here ...

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The Church Goes Beyond the Building

The Church Goes Beyond the Building

In this edition of Desert Spiritual, Timothy Gunnells reminds us that the Church Goes Beyond the Building.

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Praying to Mary and the Saints

Praying to Mary and the Saints

All I can pass on to you is what I’ve been told, and I’d much rather share what I’ve been told by one who practices such rather than a book written by someone who doesn’t practice ...

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What Mediocrity in Preaching Looks Like

What Mediocrity in Preaching Looks Like

What makes a mediocre preacher and why we don't have time for mediocrity anymore.

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On the Veneration of the Blessed Mary

On the Veneration of the Blessed Mary

Before you dismiss me because I call Mary “blessed,” let me point out that I am calling her what Scripture has. Gabriel and Elizabeth both recognized that Mary was “blessed among ...

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Bridging the Gap, Part 6: Giving and Taking

Bridging the Gap, Part 6: Giving and Taking

Ephesians 2:14-17 describes Jesus as a unifier who broke down walls of separation and brought us all near to God. One of the most amazing things about being a Christian is that we ...

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Paternity Test

Paternity Test

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19).” Maria Pilar Abel Martinez was born in 1956 and was told at an ...

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Have We Left Our First Love?

Have We Left Our First Love?

I remember the day that I became a bride. It was the second Saturday of May, more than a few years ago. On that day, I married the man who had stolen my heart; the one who still ...

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Praying the 23rd Psalm

Praying the 23rd Psalm

In this week's Desert Spiritual, Timothy Gunnells offers a simple prayer based on the 23rd Psalm. He tells us in a personal way how the Psalm took on new meaning for him.

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